Hoochie-Coochie Man and

Mannish Boy Riffs

One of Muddy Water's greatest hits was Mannish Boy. Another similar song was Hoochie-Coochie Man. These are called stomps because of their heavy, on-the-beat, foot stomping rythms. Mannish Boy has no chord progression at all and stays in the I chord throught the entire song. Hoochie-Coochie man stays in the I, but has a V-IV-I-V type turn-around. They both use a repeated riff. There are two basic ways of playing the riffs. The first is the most common.


Repeat this for each bar of the blues.

The three hole draw is sometimes left out and sometimes given a little bend for color.

The alternative is lower down and uses the fill 2 hole draw bend. You must have a deep, full 2 draw bend to make this work.

Play this clean or play it sloppy, It always sounds good. (This is my favorite harp lick.)


The tab icons are set so that if you click (or touch) them it will play a harmonica note. All songs are set to play with a "C" harmonica in cross harp (2nd position) so the song or riff will be in the key of "G".
The exception will be the riffs where the little menu comes up and it allows you to play in first or third position or correct the key. You still will use a "C harp, but they song key will be "C" or "D" accordingly.


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The JT30 Page Popular links

I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into JT30.com in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

Street Theory

A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

Learning Harp

Picking Up Blues Harp

A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

Microphone Information

Usenet Articles

Harp Amps

I've been collecting Harp Amps for a while. This is the old Harpamps.com website. There is lots of information here. Here a coupld of links.

Harp Tab

A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Basic Riffs Simple harp tabs for songs Blues riffs and phrases.

Harp-L Archives 1992 to 2002


Harp Frequently Asked Questions